Alex de Witte

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J’ai tendu des cordes de clocher à clocher,
Des guirlandes de fenêtre à fenêtre,
Des chènes d’or d’étoile à ètoile,
Et je danse!

(I have hanged cords from bell to bell, garlands from window to window, golden chains from star to star, and I dance!)

Light designer Alex de Witte and textile designer Roos Soetekouw introduce the first light that was created in close collaboration during the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven. In recent times they have been working on an experiment with a 15-meter light cord that is wrapped with self-spun yarn of animal-friendly silk thread. Through Instagram De Witte discovered that Soetekouw was experimenting with spinning yarns and knew immediately that this connected seamlessly with one of his ideas. This results in the lamp Endless, which can be seen for the first time during the Dutch Design Week in De Kazerne, from 20-28 October.

Soetekouw: “Since I discovered Alex’s Big Bubble lamp, I am a big fan of his work that fits my designs perfectly. Two years ago we were therefore together at Ventura Lambrate in Milan. It was a matter of time that the first collaboration came about. I am really happy with the result, putting the light inside the silk really brings out the character of silk and the spinning process. ”

Two kilos of silk

Through Instagram, De Witte discovered that Soetekouw experimented with spinning silk and immediately saw a collaboration. The result is a 15 meter long light cord that is wrapped with two kilos of self-spun silk thread. De Witte: “I was immediately inspired by the subtle warmth of the spun material. I like poetry, simplicity and a big impact. And that is reflected in the simplicity of this collaboration. ”

Seamless amalgamation of style and poetry

De Witte and Soetekouw noted earlier that their work flows seamlessly into each other. The organic forms, playing and experimenting with form and material and unexpected color explosions characterize both designers. Both love traditional work and their designs are on the cutting edge of art and design. Their work shows a poetic, dreamy view of the world.